Tough times call for desperate measures. This saying has led to some Kenyan celebs and personalities conning fellow Kenyans in a bid to make ends meet.
We take a look at some celebrities who have been caught red-handed trying to fox unsuspecting Kenyans.
1. David the Student
The Churchill comedian was last year exposed for conning Kenyans especially those in the diaspora.
One Frank Njoroge took to Facebook to call out the comedian for being a con.
According to Frank, Mike Snr and many others who came out to expose David the student, he has mastered the tricks of conning Kenyans in the diaspora.
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He was also accused of always lying that he’s raising money for his father whom he claims suffers from cancer or relatives hospitalized in a coma and even that his house was robbed etc.
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Njoroge’s post read:
Defending himself from the allegations David said,
“I have spent time reading this. And some of it is true. (the borrowing of money) But I have NEVER told anyone my dad has cancer!
Coming here (America) made me realize life here ain’t what we see and think there’s a dollar tree falling and people catch…
Adding that being abroad made him appreciate the hard work guys put in to earn their money.
being here for a couple of months has made me appreciate the hard work most of you guys, (Kenyans in America) WORK SO HARD to take care of your families and to live the American dream.
David went on to apologize to all the people he had offended. Adding that being a ‘celeb’ gives one pressure to keep up a face that one is doing well.
I APOLOGIZE To anybody and everyone. those I borrowed and those who lent me and I’ve not refunded. I take full responsibility and I am ashamed. Not that Some will care… but the truth is, there’s so much pressure being on tv to live a certain life but in real sense it’s shit crazy .
I don’t want to speak for anyone else but it’s CRAZY being famous and BROKE! Comedy in kenya doesn’t pay and most.
MOST promoters here get shows for you later on they do not pay you end up just making money for themselves…
I am NOT in anyway defending my actions… I am taking FULL RESPONSIBILITY of SOME of the accusations…
and from the bottom of my heart… I am sorry, The very best in all your hustles.
2. Wilkins Fadhili
Edwin O Osigro, who goes by the street moniker Wilkins Fadhili on social media, recently found himself in a predicament after his suspicious dealings were exposed.
Fadhili, who is the CEO Fashion Torch Africa, describes himself as a brand strategist, developer, Forbes Africa Top 30 under 30 and Top 40 under 40.
Other than Larry Madowo, some of the big ‘clients’ listed on his website are Edith Kimani, Usain Bolt, Suzzie Beauty, Cold Stone Creamery, Collins Injera and Executive Water’s Anerlisa Muigai.
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But his troubles started after he bragged on Twitter how he is working to position BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, as a global brand.
However, Larry acted fast to not only disowning the claims but also said he neither knows nor has he ever met Fadhili.
The former NTV news anchor even threatened to take legal action on the tweep.
Speaking about the whole issue during an interview with NRG Radio Fadhili said that everything was a mistake.
I made a mistake of faking it till you make it and at that point while I was working all these posts about me working with Larry Madowo I was baiting these celebs.
I was in this situation where I was creating content that would come out in a way that I was working with these brands (people).
so that if they feel that I have evaluated their brand well enough they would be willing to work with me.
I lied about my social media manager because I developed all the content myself.
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Wazir Benson Masubo Chacha caught the attention of many after being involved in a con game involving Members of Parliament.
According to DCI boss George Kinoti at the time Chacha had used an ID of a former MP to open a Mpesa account.
He used an ID number of a former member of parliament to register an M-Pesa account in the name of Sabina Wanjiku Chege. He did this in Donholm and we have all the details.
Everly Munga, the owner of G spot Kenya, an online shop for dildos and s3x toys, shamed the socialite on social media saying Pendo had requisitioned for a vibrator which was delivered at her home address.
Ms Munga, a lawyer, revealed that when she called Pendo during delivery, she was told to leave the package with the gate guard and will receive the Sh5, 000 payment via M-Pesa.
A week later, Ms Munga had not received the payment, prompting Pendo to take to social media to address the issue.
I’m not paying even a dime. I’m sure people didn’t know she sells vibrators and dildos and now she is making money from my branding.
But she saw the best way is to put my photo and phone number on social media.